On the path to Rio+20, a new FAO report calls for a future with both healthier people and healthier ecosystems. The eradication of hunger and malnutrition are key to achieving sustainable development, FAO says.
Oxfam’s Chief Executive Barbara Stocking welcomed the report, saying that it ”rightly places the need to address the scandal of global hunger if we are to develop in a sustainable way”.
“Despite there being enough food for everyone, more than 18 million people are going hungry in West Africa right now and one in seven people in the world go hungry every day,” Stocking said.
“Leaders meeting at Rio +20 in three weeks time must recognize the urgency needed to overhaul the way we grow and distribute food, especially in the face of constrained natural resources like land, water and energy, and the gathering pace of climate change. Improving access to land and investing in small holder farmers – especially women who are often the main producers – is vital if we are to produce food in a sustainable way for us all to have enough to eat now and in the future.”